The Joy of Drawing

This course is for people of all ages who like to draw!

It’s designed for individuals with little or no prior drawing skills, and for those with previous experience who wish to refresh their skills, learn new techniques, and possibly begin to develop a portfolio.

Similar to the fall course, students will continue to develop their creative skills in a series of simple, studio-based exercises with an emphasis on the fundamental principles of observational drawing, such as: line, shape, texture, perspective, value and colour, as organized by the simple principles of composition, contrast and unity.

A variety of artist’s tools, media and techniques will be used to take students from rudimentary steps to more advanced techniques in a fun, recreational manner.
In addition to in-class drawing exercises, students are encouraged to explore sketching assignments in the development of their own design vocabulary and visual literacy.


To begin, you will need a few simple materials:

  • A set of graphite pencils containing a range of grades
  • Erasers: A kneaded-rubber one and a plastic / vinyl one
  • Pencil sharpener
  • Pad of quality drawing paper 11 x 14”
  • Sketchbook. A 9 x 12” wire-bound one is best, because it can flip open and lie flat

As the course develops, we will explore drawing with a range of different materials and I will let you know in advance of each class what these may be.

About Michael Peters:

Michael Peters is an artist and a design professional with over three decades of multidisciplinary expertise in design, design management and art & design education.

Michael was a full-time professor at Sheridan College in Ontario and taught courses in Drawing, Graphic Design, 3D Design, Digital Media, and Design Management. He has a Master of Design degree from NSCAD University, 2012 (with a focus on participatory design), and a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree (painting and photography) from Mt Allison University, 1977.

In addition to his work as a design educator, Michael was a senior designer at the Royal Ontario Museum, and subsequently has worked as a design director overseeing the development of international museums and art galleries, corporate identity programs, web and print communications and wayfinding / signage programs for a range of cultural, corporate and government groups and organizations.